- 27 months ago
I was super hyped up to see these, and I have some mixed feelings (although I had very high expectations to begin with). Lets start with the 2400G: It's main competitor is the G4560 + gt 1030 combo, which is a 160-170$ combo because of current pricing. The 2400g has pretty good stock CPU performance (in between a 1400/1500x),although it doesn't OC very well (It'll OC to about 1500x stock levels of performance). That's nearly twice the multi threaded performance, although in games you wont notice it with a very low tier GPU, perhaps you would when you upgrade. Vega 11 is capable of playing most, if not all Esport titles at 60 FPS 1080P (To my knowledge), and does about 35 FPS in PUBG (Which isn't great, but it's playable, and still better than Xbox). The GT 1030 does outperform vega 11 by about 5-15% with stock clocks and average ram, although once you overclock them both the margins become slim. Power consumption is also very good, and the wraith stealth can handle it more than fine (80C max), although if you want to do some OCing while keeping your temps low you're probably going to want to pick up a Cryorig M9a or similar cooler. 2 "bonuses" you get are access to the AM4 platform which is supposed to last until 2020, and Freesync support, which is only a 10$ premium if you're picking up a new monitor for your PC. Overall, the 2400g is pretty good, and I'll be recommending it over G4560s/gt 1030s.
Now onto the 2200g: It doesn't stack up to the g4560/gt 1030 combo, it's not even all that close... But, it is 60% cheaper, while offering a better CPU for multi threaded tasks (on par with a R3 1200), and the vega 8 is 40% slower, so it's immediately clear that the 2200g is a price/performance king. You're going to struggle with some of the more demanding Esports titles (R6:S, Overwatch), and some of the AAA games may not be at playable levels of performance for you, but if you're only doing esports, you can get away just fine. Considering that it has haswell i5 levels of performance, with integrated graphics on par with a gtx 650 ti, it can more or less match used parts in price/performance, although the high DDR4 prices drag it down.
Disclaimers: The APU does use your DDR4 ram, so while 8GB may be enough in some games, it'll also choke you in others. Dual channel is also recommended, it'll significantly boost not only your Ryzen CPU performance, but also the Vega 11 graphics performance. Ram prices are high right now, so you may see a price difference between the different speeds, so I'd recommend trying to wait for a sale (I picked up my 16GB 2x8 3000MHz kit for only 130$ just a couple months ago). If you can't get ahold of any higher speed ram, you might try overclocking your lower speed ram, sometimes you can get it almost as high!
I can't wait to hear your opinions on these APUs!